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Judy M. Hensley concentrates on a wide variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters in both the transactional and compliance contexts. She advises on tax, ERISA and other legal considerations relating to employee benefit plans, programs and arrangements, including design, administration and compliance of tax-qualified plans. She has advised clients on ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries. Her experience includes the structuring and design of equity compensation arrangements, including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, phantom stock, performance shares and LLC/partnership interests (including profits interests) and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, as well as executive employment, severance and change-in-control agreements. Judy also has advised clients on compensation and benefits issues unique to bankruptcy and restructuring transactions.

Judy is currently Assistant Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Employee Benefits Legislation of the American Bar Association Tax Section. Judy has been designated as a 2014-2016 New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

She received a B.A. magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, her J.D. from Stanford Law School and a PhD in Philosophy from University of Chicago.

by David E. Kahen, Judy M. Hensley
Published: Benefits & Compensation Update, December 29, 2017
Download the file for Benefits & Compensation Update:  President Signs H.R. 1 (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act).
by Judy M. Hensley, Charles C. Shulman
Published: Benefits & Compensation Update, March 17, 2017
Download the file for IRS Issues Guidelines for Substantiating 401(k) Hardship Withdrawals.
by Norman J. Misher, Allen J. Erreich, Judy M. Hensley, Charles C. Shulman, Chase B. Steinlauf
Published: Benefits & Compensation Update, April 22, 2016
Download the file for Benefits & Compensation Update.